Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 24, 2014

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Exception to seasonal truck weight restrictions in north frost zone


ST. PAUL, Minn. – An exception to the spring truck weight restrictions is in effect on two sections of Highway 1 in Minnesota's north frost zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. One section is in the city of Red Lake from the Fishery Road to Prestons Road and the other is 11 miles west of Ely to the city of Ely.

Highway 1 will have a spring load restriction of seven tons instead of the usual 10 tons. This exception will remain in place until further notice.

MnDOT limits truck weights to prevent damage to roads weakened during the spring thaw. Ending dates for spring load restrictions will be established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change.

The north zone extends south from the Canadian border to a line following and including TH 1 at the North Dakota state line east to TH 89, TH 89 south to US 2, US 2 east to TH 33, TH 33 south through Cloquet to I-35, I-35 north to the Carlton/St. Louis county line, and then south on that line to the Wisconsin state line.

Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at www.dot.state.mn.us/materials. Click on "Seasonal Load Limits," and then "Spring Load Restrictions" for the most up-to-date information.

The information is also available by calling MnDOT’s 24-hour automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 in the United States and Canada or by calling 651-366-5400.